Mark Blair, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Mark Blair


Mark specialises in property development, investment and management in the commercial and residential sectors. He has extensive experience in mixed use development, and a specialist interest in property tax and non-contentious construction law.

He has acted on some of the largest investment transactions in Northern Ireland, including in the utilities and renewable energy sectors, and has particular experience in loan portfolio acquisitions.

Mark advises a wide range of clients including various owners and occupiers, commercial developers and investors, pension funds, retailers, banks, administrators, receivers and Government bodies.

Experience

Recent experience includes advising: 

  • New River Retail in relation to the acquisition and the ongoing management of the Abbey Centre in Newtownabbey.
  • Titanic Quarter Limited as regards the investment sale of the Premier Inn at Titanic Quarter.
  • Hastings’ Managed Funds Utilities Trust of Australia on the property aspects of the acquisition of Phoenix Distribution (the Northern Ireland gas distribution business owned by Terra Firma).
  • KPMG as administrator of  Wildrose Properties in relation to the management of the Tower Centre in Ballymena, including lease renewals, lease re-gears and dilapidations issues.
  • La Salle Investment Management on the purchase for NILGOSC of Phase I and Phase II Braidwater Retail Park, Ballymena, the Sainsbury’s store on the Strand Road in Derry and on the Tesco store at Betrim Road, Lisburn.
  • CBRE Global Investors as regards the purchase and ongoing management of 12-16 Castle Lane, Belfast.
  • Irish Football Association in respect of the project to redevelop Windsor Park, Belfast as the national football stadium for Northern Ireland.
  • Heatons (NI) Ltd on the acquisition and ongoing and portfolio management of retail stores and distribution centres.
  • H & M Hennes & Mauirtz in relation to all of its Northern Irish stores acquisitions.
  • C-Retail/SuperDry on its first major store in Northern Ireland.
  • Iron Mountain UK Ltd in respect of its various Irish property interests.

Market Recommendations

  • "pragmatic in how he deals with issues." (Chambers UK 2017)
  • "Clients appreciate Mark's extremely quick turnaround and the phenomenal amount of effort he puts into his work." (Chambers UK 2016)
  • "Clients benefit from his strategic advice." (Chambers UK 2015)
  • He is "approachable, sensible and commercial when dealing with transactions." (Chambers UK 2015) 

Qualifications

  • LLB Hons, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1998
  • Legal Practice Certificate, College of Law, 1999
  • Law Society of England & Wales, 2001
  • Law Society of Northern Ireland, 2011

 

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He is a very accomplished mediator

(Chambers UK 2014)